Monday, 9 July 2018

Tractor ‎ “John Peel Bought Us Studio Gear And A P.A” CD, Compilation 2006 UK Psych Rock,Folk Rock,Hard Rock


Tractor ‎ “John Peel Bought Us Studio Gear And A P.A” CD, Compilation 2006 UK Psych Rock,Folk Rock,Hard Rock
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The late great John Peel always had a special connection with the town of Rochdale, situated just north of Manchester. In 1959-60, he worked at a cotton mill there before leaving to go to the USA. In 1970, after receiving tapes through the post from Rochdale band Tractor, he signed them to his Dandelion Records label, bought them studio equipment and a stereo PA system (fairly ground breaking for a north west band in the early 1970’s). Peelie continued to have a special relationship to the Tractor people right up until his untimely death, always plugging their live appearances and Tractor releases and any Rochdale related releases on his radio program. This CD presents the tracks that John Peel signed Tractor on the strength of in 1970, plus all the tracks (A and B sides) they did as singles and a 2006 remix of a song specially commissioned by Peel in 1972….~

Continuing the Ozit label’s so-admirable excavation of the Way We Live/Tractor archives, John Peel Bought Us Studio Gear & a PA digs back into the band’s earliest recordings to resuscitate the demo tape that first brought them to John Peel’s attention – he signed the duo to his Dandelion label, and remained a staunch supporter throughout the remainder of his life. It is not hard to understand why. The sound quality across these eight songs does leave something to be desired, but Tractor’s essential charm shines through regardless, shifting effortlessly from dreamy pastoral folk (the shockingly brief “Angle”) to almost Sabbath-tainted guitar rock (“King Dick II”), from fuzz-packed pop (“Storm”) to the Whole Lotta Zeppelin riffing of “Willow.” These same eight tracks would make it onto the band’s A Candle for Judith debut album, but the freshness that feeds out of the demos renders it an altogether different listening experience. The demos are followed by a “2006 remix” of something called “John Peel’s 13 Bar Boogie,” in which snatches of the DJ’s speech are mixed with, indeed, a boogie riff; normal service is then resumed with an accounting of four Tractor singles, opening with the unabashed pop of “Stoney Glory,” and traveling through to the superlative “Average Man’s Hero.” An excellent liner booklet wraps up the package with an informative and often humorous accounting of the band’s story, interwoven with their own adventures with and memories of John Peel. The limited-edition packaging also includes a slipcase and a selection of historic postcards….by Dave Thompson….~


Jim Milne and Steve Clayton better known as The Way We Live and/or Tractor show in this, their earliest recordings, demos which were sent to John Peel, why they have been and remain an amazing rock duo and a great inspiration to and influence on Jack White and the White Stripes. It is unfortunate that people are only aware of the 2 mainstream releases (on Peelie’s Dandelion label), A Candle For Judith using their original moniker The Way We Live and their second album, the self-titled Tractor. Jim Milne is an incredible guitarist/vocalist/composer, while Steve Clayton is a master of all things percussive. The duo have other recordings available from Ozit Records and are still active, contrary to the broadly believed myth that they recorded only the two Dandelion albums. Manager Chris Hewitt has made sure that the duo’s archival material, as evidenced by this release, has endured and released bit at a time to the musical afficiondo. Any cd by this duo, whether under the Tractor or Way We Live moniker comes highly rated and should be obtained as quickly as possible, as many of the rights to the band’s recordings are no longer controlled by Milne, Clayton, or Hewitt. This reviewer advises any and all lovers of blues rock and rock and roll in general to search out the remaining copies of this or any other recording by Milne and Clayton. Take my word, you will not be disappointed. I dare any listener to find a track on this disc not worthy of widespread circulation. It is by no accident that Jack White has been so heavily influenced by Jim Milne’s guitar work, and that due to the prowess of Milne and Clayton that White has been brave enough to record and tour as a duo. Grab this title and any others by Milne and Clayton before they disappear into rock mythology…..by… Kevin D. Rathert…~


Tracks 1 through 8 previously released on the 1992 CD <a href=“http://www.discogs.com/Tractor-including-Way-We-Live-Original-Masters/release/2990601”>Original Masters</a>. 
Tracks 10 to 12 originally released on maxi-single on Dandelion Records, 1972. 
Tracks 13 & 14 originally released on UK Records, 1973. 
Tracks 15 & 16 originally released on Cargo Records, 1977. 
Tracks 17 & 18 <a href=“http://www.discogs.com/Tractor-81-Average-Mans-Hero/release/2054748”>originally released</a> on Roach Records, 1981.

Tracklist 
Peelie Signed Us Up On The Strength Of These Tracks: 
1 –The Way We Live King Dick II
2 –The Way We Live Squares
3 –The Way We Live Siderial
4 –The Way We Live Angle
5 –The Way We Live Storm
6 –The Way We Live Willow
7 –The Way We Live Madrigal
8 –The Way We Live The Way Ahead
9 –The Way We Live John Peel’s 13 Bar Boogie (2006 Remix) 
 
The Singles (A & B Sides): 
10 –Tractor Stoney Glory
11 –Tractor Marie
12 –Tractor As You Say
13 –Tractor Roll The Dice
14 –Tractor Vicious Circle
15 –Tractor No More Rock'n'Roll
16 –Tractor Northern City
17 –Tractor Average Man’s Hero
18 –Tractor Big Big Boy 

"I remember that in - around 1965 I did an audition for the BBC, and - uh - I failed.  And the report said [mimics] “This vocalist is devoid of personality and sings all the wrong notes”.  So in [John Peel’s] inimitable manner, and with tremendous enthusiasm, [he] got me back on for another audition, which I passed, the second time around, which gave me freewheeling access to a lifetime of singing all the wrong notes.
David Bowie

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